Putin and Macron discussed boosting ties between Paris and Moscow

Vastavam web: Russian President Vladimir Putin and new French leader Emmanuel Macron discussed boosting poor ties between Paris and Moscow in their first phone conversation, the Kremlin said today.The two leaders expressed “the mutual readiness to develop the traditionally friendly Russian-French relations in the political, trade, economic, cultural, humanitarian and other spheres,” the Kremlin said in a statement.The statement said the presidents agreed to “jointly work on current international and regional issues, including the fight against terrorism.”
After Macron’s election earlier this month, Putin urged him to bridge deep rifts and work together in the face of the “growing threat of terrorism and violent extremism”.The Kremlin was widely seen as backing Macron’s far-right opponent Marine Le Pen, with Putin hosting her during a surprise visit to Moscow in the run-up to the election.Adding to the tensions, alleged cyber attacks on Macron’s campaign were linked to Moscow and his supporters accused Russian state media of trying to smear the candidate.